Monthly Archives: January 2016

Chef in Training

This past Sunday Jack planned and helped cook brunch.  He has always been very curious in the kitchen and really wants to start doing more.  At eight years old he is now old enough to take on more tasks so it was his turn to shine.

It started with the planning.  He really wanted to make quiche, not a big surprise since all three boys LOVE quiche.  Jack, however, doesn’t care for a pastry crust.  I asked him which crust he wanted (pastry, shredded potato or quinoa) and he said he wanted something different.  I suggested we could try a cauliflower crust and he was very excited about that.  He also decided he wanted his quiche to have bacon, sharp cheddar and broccoli.

Jack then announced he wanted scrambled eggs with the quiche.  This is when Mama had to push him in another direction.  I let him know we didn’t really need two egg dishes in one meal!  He decided it was time to plan the dessert.  His first choice was a fruit tart.  That would be his favorite brunch sweet treat.  Once again I pushed him in another direction.  As his instructor I didn’t really want to go over teaching  him to make pastry and custard, plus the quiche. Continue reading

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Banana Chocolate Chunk Scones

Banana Chocolate Chunk Scones

My favorite bakery up in Brevard, North Carolina has the best goodies anywhere I’ve been in the southeastern United States.  For some reason bakeries around here are just lacking or specialize in the traditional American super sweet treats like heavily frosted cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

Well Bracken Mountain Bakery has excellent scones.  I’m not talking about a Starbuck’s scone that is sweet with sweet icing on top.  I’m talking a traditional scone that has a hint of sweetness.  I can’t pick a favorite flavor there since they are all so delicious, but since I had bananas in the freezer I decided it was time to attempt recreating the banana chocolate chunk scone.

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Tahini Salad Dressing

Tahini Salad Dressing

I always intend to make my own salad dressings. Then when I need it I never seem to find the time so that means either a super simple vinaigrette or something store bought. Why is that? It’s time to shake things up and get out of my rut.

In an effort to break away from classic vinaigrette and cream dressings I decided to go the tahini route. This is a dressing I like when I have it in restaurants but for some reason never bother to make. It’s incredibly simple so I really have no excuse. Continue reading

Almond Pear Muffins with Dark Chocolate

Almond Pear Muffins with Dark Chocolate

Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake. They are quick, easy and good to eat any time of day. Plus they are already individual servings. Kid friendly. Portable. I could go on forever, but I think you get the idea.

Inspired by my coconut chocolate chip pear tea cake recipe and using various ingredients I found when stocking the new pantry I came up with this recipe.  Everyone in the family loves pears and they are still pretty good from the store.  My problem is they don’t last in the house so I usually don’t get a chance to bake with them. Continue reading

Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Finally a new recipe! I didn’t really intend to but somehow took a holiday break. With the boys home and Josh working insane hours it just wasn’t possible to photograph and blog what we cooked and baked. But it’s a new year and we’re getting back on track.

Somehow I’ve noticed that the veggie section of my recipes is extremely sparse. It certainly isn’t because we don’t eat many veggies, if anything we eat a lot of veggies.

Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

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In My Kitchen – January 2016

Not only has another month passed by, it’s a whole new year!  The time just keeps flying by.  I’m joining Maureen at Orgasmic Chef for another month of In My Kitchen.  Maureen is our new fearless leader so stop on by her site and check out all the links.

Back in early December, which seems ages ago, I had a diverticulitis flare up which meant complete exhaustion, antibiotic side effects, pain and limited diet.  Needless to say not much happened in my kitchen.  Then came the holidays and the kids were with me constantly.  Josh worked insanely long hours.  We were all exhausted.

Despite all all that madness we had the best Christmas yet.  It was quiet and relaxed.  Brunch was fantastic and dinner was superb.  I didn’t get all the baking done I wanted to, but my mental and physical health were more important as I recovered.  Maybe we’ll make our mini gingerbread houses for Valentine’s Day!

Anyway, here is what happened in my kitchen.  Let me introduce you all to my new pantry.  My best husband ever built this and we put it in the kitchen the weekend before Christmas.  This is another reason I got less baking done since I was moving everything around in the kitchen!  It was so worth it.

Pantry

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